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NASA Student Airborne Science Research Internship 2015 (SARP)

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Applications are currently being accepted for the NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) for Summer 2015. The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated undergraduates majoring in any of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) disciplines to apply for participation in the NASA SARP 2015. The purpose of this research program is to provide students with hands-on experience in all aspects of major Earth Science research campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives, to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others.

Students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to study surface, atmospheric, and oceanographic processes. Participants will fly on-board and assist in the operation of instruments on the NASA DC-8 research aircraft to sample and measure atmospheric gases and to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. Along with airborne data collection, students will participate in taking measurements at field sites. Each student will develop an individual research project from the data collected.

Outstanding faculty and staff for this program will be attending from several universities and NASA centers, as well as from NASA flight operations and engineering personnel. The program is 8 weeks and will run from June 14 – August 7, 2015. Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flights themselves, will take place during the first two weeks of the program at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, in Palmdale, CA. Posst-flight data analysis and interpretation will take place during the final 6 weeks of the program at the University of California, Irvine.

SARP participants will receive:

  • free housing and transportation during the 8-week program
  • $3,000 stipend
  • $3,000 travel and food allowance

Academic background:

  • strong academic background in any of the physical, chemical, or biological sciences, or engineering and an interest in applying their background to the study of the Earths system.
  • especially encourage applications from students majoring in Earth, environmental or atmospheric sciences and related disciplines.

Applicants will be selected based on:

  • Excellent academic performance (GPA of at least 3.0/4.0)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics major
  • Evidence of interest in Earth system science and hands-on research
  • Promise for contributing to the nation’s future workforce as judged by career plans
  • Leadership qualities and ability to perform in teams

Application deadline is: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2015

Applications can be found at and specific questions about the program can be emailed to

If interested, students can watch an informational video about the program here. Original NASA SARP flyer attached here.